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In Support of Small Business Saturday

Local is the new black.

You, as an entrepreneur, understand the importance of investing dollars in local markets and of supporting endeavors such as Small Business Saturday. Now is a great time to be an owner of a locally-owned enterprise.

More than ever, shoppers are aware of the benefits of investing in their neighborhoods. In 2016 alone, the US small business sector was estimated to have an estimated 28 million businesses and was responsible for 54% of all domestic sales.

Between better customer service, benefits to the local economy and direct access to an expert, the opportunities for touting the benefits of local shopping are plentiful. The good news: you don’t have to work hard to encourage consumers to act upon this idea.

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There are available resources and incentives to encourage entrepreneurship here in Charlottesville and in Virginia as a whole.

It is Charlottesville Business Innovation Council‘s mission to “educate, celebrate and advocate for Charlottesville’s technology community” by giving support to the high-tech businesses in the area.

Centra Virginia SCORE is a resource that serves the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange by providing mentoring and other assistance for those looking to start a business or improve their existing business strategy.

Central Virginia’s Partnership for Economic Development offers counseling, information, and training to Central Virginia’s entrepreneurs.

BlackOwnedCville is a resource that allows you to look for goods and services sourced from local businesses owned by black residents of Charlottesville.

Finally, the City of Charlottesville’s Office of Economic Development has resources available to women and minority entrepreneurs.

Are You Investing in Customer Experience?

In an article by Omar Soliman, Co-founder and CEO of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Trash Butler, entitled, 4 Lessons About Handling Stressed Customers That I Learned From Being a Mover, Soliman ultimately makes the case that businesses should be setting aside money to invest in customer experience.  This realization comes as the author tries to answer the question, “How can an entrepreneur address a customer’s emotional and logistical needs simultaneously?”  The answer to this question is to reflect the promise of the brand by best understanding and investing in customer experience.

By knowing what the brand offers and finding a team that can be empathetic to the customer throughout the interaction with the brand, the business will be successful.  Understanding the customer’s journey and fine tuning the experience from start to finish will improve close rates, increase loyalty and hopefully produce brand evangelists.

As the author concludes, “Growing a loyal and enthusiastic customer base isn’t as complicated as you might think. You can build a viral brand by going above and beyond for your clients and making just such a focus on customer experience part of your business model. In turn, you’ll gain “brand evangelists” who will spread the good news of how your company saved the day for them.”

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